It is best to avoid long "information
dumps" and to encourage interactive training, including
plenty of opportunities for communication by far-end
participants. For example, after every agenda
item you should take a few seconds to ask the
far-end participants if they have any comments
or questions. Remember there is a slight delay
before the camera switching is activated and
you see the far-end site that has spoken up
with a comment, so be sure to allow enough time
for this to take place.
It is critical
that you are aware of how you are framed within
the camera. Participants don't get engaged when
they are looking at a small figure, whose face
is not recognizable:
Participants like to be able to
read your facial expressions, creating a more
personable interaction. Head-and-torso shots
are the best views recommended while giving
a presentation or training.
takes place, the camera can be zoomed out to
include the majority of attendees in the room.
Also be sure to face the camera straight on
and not at an angle or with your back against
it. It's important to face the in-person audience
as well as the TV-land audience. Choosing camera
placement during a meeting can make or break
The key is to
keep it active and interactive, not only to
make your presentation interesting but to allow
far-end sites to feel like part of the videoconference.